Usually if you get something in your eye, your eye will tear up and wash out the foreign body. Sometimes, though, something gets in your eye and you can't quite get it out. A couple of health and safety warnings before we get whatever it is out of your eye. First off, be careful not to stratch your corneas. A scratched cornea can be quite painful and take a couple of days-if not longer- to heal. Be careful, and don't go poking around in your eye with anything that has any kind of sharp tip.

Also, be sure to wash your hands so you don't give yourself an eye infection.

If you have anything embedded in your eye, or bits of glass, metal, very large foreign bodies or chemicals in your eye, don't try to get them out yourself. Tape a paper cup over your eye and head to the ER or your doctor's office.

With that said, on to getting that thing out of your eye!

Edit: I completely neglected to cite sources I quoted. Mea culpa. If this was a paper, I'd get an F. 
Thank goodness it's not and I don't!


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Step 1: Method to try

Look in a mirror, if one's handy, and try to locate where the foreign object is in your eye.

The method you try will likely depend on where the nasty bit is in your eye.

First, no matter where the object is, try blinking. I don't mean a little sissy *wink, wink*. I mean, really BLINK. If this works and the object is out of your eye, congratulations! Please post a comment and tell me what a difference this instructable made in your life. Everyone else move on to the next method.

Step 2: Something else to try

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Next, try flushing out the eye with some lukewarm water. You can hold your eye under a running facet, or take some water in a small cup and pour it in your eye to flush it out.

Still got something in there?

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ChrisF314 days ago

step 3 = instant relief

Oh thank goodness #3. There has been something In my eye literally alllllll day. Work was not pleasant. I tried everything I knew. I'm trying to sleep and just feeling more irritated so to google I turned. THANK GOODNESS!!!! It's been 14 hours and it's finally over!!!!
UzairA11 month ago

WOw !!!!! Step 3 is awesome... 100 % working ... Thanx uploader

CortneyN1 month ago

Holy crap #3 is magic. THANK YOU. I was losing my mind.

Thank you so much!! You just saved me from a sleepless night. Step three all the way!

JoseC22 months ago

Ok..about step 3. I want to know exactly how its done. I dont know if im overthinking it but its hard to understand how to pull the upper lid over the lower. Like Hover over the lower, or have the lower touching the inside of the upper. In either case, after like 30 tries and twisting my upper eyelid in all forms over the lower, it worked! now my eyelid feels...abused, but a good work well done. I just want to know how to properly do it for future purposes.

ZachB42 months ago

Step 3, there is some magic in it!
I tried rinsing with water, eye-drops, pulling my upper lid out and blinking hard, etc., but for some reason a couple tries of step 3 did the trick! Very relieved.

Omg...I was struggling with discomfort for hours and your instruction to pull my upper eyelid over my lower and roll eye down fixed the issue! Thanks so much!! :)
skf112 months ago

Step 3 worked! :-D Thanks!!!!

calsblackvans2 months ago

I love you so much for step 3 oomggggggggg . now my eye feels weird not having it in there lol

KeithM33 months ago

Three worked great!

treble rebel4 months ago

i'm beyond your's probably a dog hair.this sucks

Smerkaber4 months ago

Thank you so much, the amount of joy that was bestowed upon me when my eye was free of debris was like Christmas morning.

CaileighLynn4 months ago

Step 3 worked for me thanks !!

ddepuy4 months ago

I had a very annoying feeling of a foreign object in my eye for the past few hours. Pulling the upper eyelid over the lower and blinking did the trick. Thank you!

BrettF14 months ago

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I've been stuck with a sore and watery eye for the past five hours. Trick three saved the day!

janesvillite6 months ago

Step three. Bam. You rock.

jmeade76 months ago

Dear god thank you so much sir/madam! You are a gent/lady magical person!! I spent 3 hours in pain and even thought i would need to take a screwdriver to my eye to prise the whole thing out !
Thank you for saving my eye :D :D :D :D

lmaximous7 months ago
Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Step 3 saved me a trip to the doctor. I am so grateful for your tips.
asmeckly8 months ago
Thank you so much, I only knew two of the tricks!
tbrown6811 months ago
tbrown6811 months ago
How do you do step 3 ?
Addy7711 year ago
Thanks a bunch! The upper eyelid thing worked like a charm.
dlfamily1 year ago
"Pull your upper eyelid over the lower one and roll your eye upwards" This worked for me after trying to flush before i went to bed... gave up, when i woke up it was still there tried flushing it out some more no luck, finally found this article, THANK YOU THANK YOU, saved from misery.
gamegrrl1 year ago
OMG. The blinking thing worked. Thank you a million times!
Al3201 year ago
So is that all? Does that alone remove it, or do you still have to get the particle out of your eye once it has moved from being hidden in your upper eye-lid, to a viewable area? And what is the best way to do this?
jemcmiller1 year ago
I've had something in my eye since yesterday! I went to bed early because I couldn't take it anymore. I hoped sleep would do the trick. Nope, Still there! I was desperate to get it out and not have to go to the Dr. I did a search and your advice was first to come up. I tried tip #3 a couple times to no avail, but I kept trying. It worked. So thankful!
I love you. I got a small stone stuck in my eye about half an hour ago, and had been rinsing and rinsing to no avail. Came on here and read the steps. Did the lid over lid and eye roll (up and down) alternating with a few big blinks, probably 10-20 times. Went for another rinse, something intensely painful happened (I guess that was the stone coming out) and now my eye is a little sore, but at least the damned thing is gone!!!
bakdrft1 year ago
Good Post ,but. When covering up an eye you must cover both. The idea behind covering up an eye is to keep it protected. The flaw here is that you MUST then cover both eyes. Human eyes do not move independently they BOTH move, No matter how you try both will move even if one is covered up. So cover both eyes.
Jeeenie1 year ago
Wow !!! You're a genius ! Headed to the doc but thought I'd search the web first ! Been in pain for about 12 hours. Step 3!!!!!!!
fattie1 year ago
So I woke up, went to wash my face, I used a scrub that morning, applied, scrubbed, rinsed. As I chucked water on my face for the last time I felt something in my eye, the same feeling I get when I have an eyelash in there. Since I have long eyelashes and plenty of them, this happened often. So I checked it out in the mirror but couldnt see anything. It seemed to be in the top eyelid section. It didnt seem to be an eyelash, it could have been a scrub particle, though whatever it was I couldnt see it. I fiddled with my eye for 5 minutes, nothing. Everytime i tried blinking I could feel it poking my eye as my eyeball rolled to the top eyelid. It was getting red and sore. I said a little prayer to God to relieve me from my turmoil. So I googled it and this came up. The first practical solution was to pull the top eyelid over the bottom. Hmmm...never done that before, so I went over to the mirror and after a couple of tries I managed to pull my top lid over the bottom, I gave my eyeball a quick roll around, then opened my eyes and blinked, that horrible feeling was gone! It had worked! I said a little thank you to God for making such brainy helpful people. Thank you brainy helpful people!!!
khyndman1 year ago
Thank you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much! I was getting so scared I was going to have "sand" in my eye forever
QStarrDaze1 year ago
I'm in so much pain! My mom is not taking this serious at all. Today at school I went to the nurse, she tried to flush my eye out with eye drops but nothing seemed to worked. Even my friends tried to blow in my eye... long story short, I got all this spit in my eye for nothing. Lol. But the constant pain is getting in that way of me enjoying my day and that really sucks for me. My nurse even told me to go to the doctor. But here I am, sitting here looking for ways to solve my pain.
mahtabmd1 year ago
Hi , Thanks a lot for your help.. I was feeling irritated with something stuck under my upper eyelid. I am relieved using the step-3 . i just want to thank you from bottom of my heart....

Thanks and Regards,
Mahtab Md.
htruelson1 year ago
OMG!!! I have no words to say how much I can thank you for Step 3! I have had this IRRITATING pain for about nearly 2 days and i thought i had my eye scratched, I tryed all kinds of techniques with flushing out water or blink hard and finally you helped me in 1 MINUTE! Thank you so much for making my day ever so brighter.
Jomack072 years ago
Amazing!!!! I just had to wake my husband up in the middle of the night to go to the store to get some eyedrops for me. I couldn't even close my eyes it hurt so bad. Tried this step while he was gone and it worked. OMG thank you soooo much!!!! Now I can go back on the boat tomorrow for some holiday weekend fun! :)
ajohnson622 years ago
Sweet beard of Zeus! who thought rolling your eyes could be this beneficial! thank you so much! I thought i was going to be spending hours at AE, the upper lid over the lower lid seemed to work a treat for everyone else and after having to sleep with what ever was wedged at the back of my eyeball i gave it a go. I tried about 10 times, I even thought my cornea was scratched it was so painful,I got what was wedged at the top of my eye first then the mega painful lower eye. Lid over lid roll works!
XLorigonzX2 years ago
Thank you!!!!!! I was riding my bike in a gravel trail and got a teeny yiny rock sick in my eye for over an hour. I was contemplating going to the ER since my eyes started swelling a bit and randomly twitching. I came across your guide and it worked like a charm! I appreciate it greatly!!!!!!!!!
triafgg2 years ago
Step 3 Saved me from a visit to A&E, and a miserable evening, thank you so much. I had tried pulling the top eyelid over but it didn't work until I tried it with rolling up the eye and the big blink. Superb.
bevjeffray2 years ago
This trick worked immediately for me! Thank you sooo much!
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